Saturday Smiles

It just makes me giggle every time, what can I say?

This week, I bring you some of the (in my opinion) funniest quotes I’ve heard from around the blogosphere recently.

From Critical QQ:

“For those of you who follow my armory page, you may have noticed that my haste has risen to a mighty value of 1175. For those of you do not, my haste has risen to a mighty value of 1175.”

From Forbearance:

“We should have gotten Insanity, but we went into phase 3 with the Exhaustion debuff. It was my fault– I forgot that taking my shirt off triggers global Heroism.”

From Greedy Goblin:

“Politics is like a sewer tank: the largest pieces float atop.”

From Gaussification:

“You Fail At Cooldowns If…

  • When asked to use them you check the temperature of your CPU
  • You believe you have no cooldowns”

[Author’s note: There were a lot of good ones in this post, these are just two]

From Cold Comfort:

“Fine.  There’s a solution for that.  Don’t use the Dungeon Finder.  If you’re unwilling to mix with people you haven’t met before, don’t put yourself in a situation where that is the only possible outcome.

It’s like having a peanut allergy and going to work for Planter’s.  No good will come of this.”

And from the name of the Yogscast’s Star Trek Online review:

“I just Shatner my pants.”

Did you see anything funny around the web recently that you’d like to share? Any other deserving quotes? Leave a comment below!



Gevlon and Markco

As many of you have no doubt read or heard, an interesting and controversial situation developed earlier today when Gevlon of the Greedy Goblin posted an article: No means no!. In this article, he wrote about how Markco of JMTC allegedly emailed him with a business proposition.

Markco’s idea was simply that Gevlon, being the author of a popular socio-economics blog, could have a small ad on his site which linked back to the JMTC gold making guide, a product Markco sells which contains what are apparently the best tips and tricks on how to make gold i.e. the ones which are better than those posted on his (free) blog. Now I’ve never bought his guide and can’t say what is inside, but it’s a normal and fair enough idea to want to advertise it.

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Vanity vs Utility

A fairly unrelated picture

A fairly unrelated picture

Regular readers of the Greedy Goblin – a great socio-economics blog, by the way – will know that the author, Gevlon, has very strong opinions about certain things. One such thing is that money should never be wasted on “useless” items which are there purely for vanity – either for vanity in the game or to make you feel good IRL. To an extent, I agree. Even if your goal in the game isn’t to acquire money, there isn’t a lot of point saving up and then spending it all on something which does nothing for you.

Most things do have a use, e.g. non-combat pets can be used for achievements. Gevlon’s most common example of something without a use is the 16000g Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth from Dalaran, which he claims to be a pointless waste of cash – here, I disagree. Incidentally, I do have it.

If you have 16000g and you want a fancy new mount, you have two choices; the mammoth or the Mekgineer’s Chopper. Now the chopper would be a waste of money – for about 15800 more gold than the next mount, you get very little extra. One passenger space, to be exact. So it’s more of a status icon.

The mammoth on the other hand is full to the brim of utility. First off, the obvious – it carries vendors. Not only can these be life-savers in raids and instances, both for repairs and for reagents, but they sell food too, and of course buy items just like a normal vendor. This saves a huge amount of time when both grouping and soloing (especially if you’re grinding) and while it might not make you any money, it will actually save you some – you’ll be able to vendor all the grey items and trash instead of destroying them – and it will also save you time, which is a valuable commodity, because you don’t need to return to town to restock or empty your bags.

In addition to the vendors, the mammoth has a more overlooked feature, which is to say you can kick the vendors off and carry people instead. Again, this can be a time saver when you need to go somewhere and the person you need to be there with has a slow mount, but it can also make you money too – consider some sort of taxi service, especially for lower levels, which could, for example, take them from Darkshore to the Barrens. They pay you a few gold, you run through the areas, they don’t die, you make money. Both of these ideas are linked to boosting lower levels, too – you could incorporate the taxi as part of the boost and charge a little extra, and you’ll both reach the instance faster, meaning you’ll be done faster.

So in conclusion, if in doubt as to what to pick when faced with two items, the one which is actually useful is the better option. Also, don’t waste money.

Unrelated to the above, no, I haven’t forgotten about the third leveling guide and no, I haven’t forgotten that I promised to tell you all how my glyphs went. The latter will be out after the weekend, namely on Monday, which I consider the end of my selling week right now – more on what I did and why in a future post (next week). The former will be out as soon as I finish it – I’ve never leveled as Destruction, nor have I played it in PvE, so I’m making sure I get it right, mmkay?


My Blog Subscriptions

As promised, today we shall delve into the depths of my RSS and take a quick peek at the WoW blogs / websites I follow each and every day. They’re in no particular order except that which I check them in, and they’ll all worth reading. Now, onwards!

1. The first thing I check is my guild website – a quick browse over the forums and any new news articles each day keeps me up to date, and occasionally I’ll post to either of the aforementioned places. Nothing particularly interesting here anyway!

2. Next, I read, aka WoW Insider. I think I must read almost every post on there to be honest, except for a couple of class columns about classes I don’t play. Regardless, it’s a great website for guides, news and the latest updates, and often you can get a good laugh from the articles too, which is important unless you’re some kind of Elitist Jerk

3. Third on the list is the official EU website for WoW, not that there’s much to read there! Still, it’s worth a customary glance incase something is mentioned that I haven’t heard about.

4. After this I visit Project Lore, where the team there produces some great, casual videos about the game. Especially enjoyable, in my mind, was their series of videos where they rerolled Horde and went to do Deadmines, and indeed this series is being featured again currently on their main page since they’re taking a slight break from movie making right now.

5. WoW Alone is a great blog from Darth Solo, which I really enjoy reading, although I don’t comment as much as I ought to. It gives me a very different perspective of the game, as Darth is all about playing the game solo, and additionally he (I do assume it’s a he) plays a hunter, a class I’ve never leveled very high, so it’s interesting to hear about how they do things, too.

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